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  • Jennifer Bartlett may take a serial approach to her artwork, whether within the pieces or in relationships between them, but she is never predictable and certainly not tedious.

  • Text and subtext rule in Judith Hudson’s most recent work. First there was the “Sex Advice Drawings” series, beginning in 2008 and continuing up through the present. Now comes a related “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on view at Tripoli Gallery in Southampton.

  • If it is not quite yet the highest of the high season, no one told Guild Hall, which is planning an action-packed week of art and culture leading up to the July 4 holiday weekend.

  • Much Ado about Madoo's activities expanded this year to two weekends and multiple events.
  • There is a lot of white space in the work of both Matt Kenny and Adam Marnie, on view at Halsey Mckay gallery in East Hampton. Sometimes it seems the art is an extension of the wall, a way of lying on top of it while gathering its support. In the case of Mr. Marnie, it is the wall, playing with our notions of positive and negative space.

  • When it comes to outdoor furnishings, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in Frontgate’s philosophy. Oddly, though, veterans of the South Fork house and garden tour circuit don’t typically see seating more exotic than the teak wood used in the traditional benches at Hildreth’s Department Store.

  • It can be challenging to make a mark on the world when your parents are as accomplished as Julia Gruen’s. With a revered artist for a mother and a consummate and prolific writer and photographer for a father, it took all of her adolescence and much of her young adulthood for her to find her own identity.

  • The Parrish Art Museum will hold its annual two-day Landscape Pleasures benefit event on June 7 and 8. The first day is devoted to a morning-long symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the second day is the tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  •     The Hamptons International Film Festival will once again present its SummerDocs series of films this season at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Now in its sixth year, the series will premiere on June 21 with “Life Itself,” a film by Steve James, the director of “Hoop Dreams,” about the film critic Roger Ebert.

  •     In addition to its three Main Stage productions, reported on separately, Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre has a busy season of comedy events planned, as well as its annual benefit in July.

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  • The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons celebrated the 10th edition of its calendar on Saturday night at the Water Mill home of Sandra Powers, who is this year's pet calendar chairwoman.

    Previous artists such as Paul Davis, Carol Saxe, and Billy Sullivan joined Eric Fischl, who conceived this year's cover. 

    Calendars are on sale now through ARF. Those interested can call Kathy at 537-0400,extension 214.

  • The Water Mill Museum is holding its annual quilt show through Sept. 14. A tradition spanning almost three decades, the show features dozens of quilts hung and draped over every available surface, making a riot of color and patterns throughout the old mill space.

    Each is hand-crafted and reasonably priced for both new and vintage pieces. There are traditional quilts, baby quilts, and crazy quilts.

    A special queen-sized quilt up for raffle features shades of blue and yellow and will be awarded to a winning ticket on Oct. 11 at the museum’s Bowls of Plenty event.

  • There are only three more performances of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Mulford Farm, presented by the Hamptons Independent Theater Festival, known more familiarly as HITFest. If you can, see all three.

    The two-hour production is a delight from start to finish, harnessing a bit of Ariel’s magic to make the spare set and staging as engaging as the acting is polished and professional, rivaling Public Theater productions in Central Park I’ve seen over the years.

  • The Watermill Center held its benefit “One Thousand Nights and One Night/Sleepless Nights of Sheherazade” on Saturday night with Jim Jarmusch playing guitar in the Zen room and guests such as Philip Glass and Isabelle Huppert milling about the grounds. The party raised $2.2 million for the center’s International Summer Program and its year-round artists residencies and education programs.

  • Although Southampton Town police officers did their best to keep traffic moving on County Road 39, drivers heading to the fair mixing with the regular summer evening traffic made for a messy commute on Thursday night.

  • “White Hot + Blue” was the theme of this year’s LongHouse Reserve’s benefit in East Hampton on Saturday and the grounds and guests were done up just right.

  • Susan and Stanley Reifer will open their Bridgehampton garden on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. through the Garden Conservency.

    The garden was designed by Jian Guo Xu, Chinese artist who has incorporate Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism on the garden's five acres. The garden includes pavilions, bridges, and water features accessed by winding paths.

    The garden is at 5 Paumanok Road, Bridgehampton and  admission is $5.

  • The Parrish Art Museum’s sold-out Midsummer Party on Saturday night raised $1.25 million and attracted some 1,000 guests.

    The event honored Inga Maren Otto, a philanthropist, and Katharina Otto-Bernstein, a filmmaker and author.

  • Thursday night was the night to be in Bridgehampton. Long lines of cars snaked through the back roads and front roads around the Bridgehampton Museum and Nova's Ark where two annual art fairs have taken up residence for the next few days.

    It was the opening night for both ArtHamptons and Art Market Hamptons and even those with black cards, VIP passes, or other bells and whistles on their forms of entry had a tough time negotiating parking.

    Inside, however, all was lively and fun, as these photos of the Art Market Hamptons fair by Morgan McGivern demonstrate.